Sun. Dec 15th, 2019

Culture is divided between BComú and PSC with the challenge of achieving coca capital

The culture in Barcelona returns to have rank of possession of mayorship. After the convulsive previous mandate, in which the changes resulted from the instability and precariousness of the municipal majority, an agreement that apparently please the two parties that have agreed to the portfolio: BComú and PSC. Culture gains weight, as the Socialists have always defended, but it remains in the hands of the sixth deputy mayor, Joan Subirats, that is to say of BComú (that assumes Culture, Education and Science). But not entirely, since the area of ​​tourism and "creative industries" happens to depend on the council of the socialist Xavier Marcé, assigned to the first deputy mayor of Economy, Labor, Competitiveness and Business, Jaume Collboni (PSC).

The mayor herself, Ada Colau, committed during the electoral campaign to give "maximum importance" to culture and admitted that perhaps it had not been given enough relevance in the previous mandate. He even promised to contribute ten million to the network of creative factories that should be expanded. Four years ago, she appointed Berta Sureda as commissioner of Culture, depending on the area of ​​participation of the mayor's office of Citizen Rights, Participation and Transparency, led by Jaume Asens. A year later, the pact with the Socialists made Jaume Collboni assume the position of Mayor of Enterprise, Culture and Innovation. Collboni initially proposed Xavier Marcé as commissioner of culture, but the opposition of BComú made him finally remain alone as an adviser and Valentí Oviedo was appointed manager of the Icub.

It is created for the first time a council of Democratic Memory, directed by Jordi Rabassa (BComú)

The subsequent rupture of BComú with the Socialists, just a year later because of the procés, meant again the disappearance of the Department of Culture. To compensate Joan Subirats commissioner of Culture was appointed (months later Oviedo went to the Liceu and replaced him in the management of the Icub Marta Clari). A dance of names that has affected the cultural management and has caused some paralysis, almost comparable to that which occurred on the other side of Plaça de Sant Jaume, in the Generalitat, with four Culture Councilors in only two years (Santi Vila, Lluís Puig, Laura Borràs and Maria Àngels Vilallonga).

Subirats, one of the strong men of the candidacy of Ada Colau, after moving Asens and Pisarello to Madrid, now assumes the cultural policy with the challenge of increasing his budget, working with the State to recover the cultural co-capitality agreement, expand the factories of creation and the residences of artists, among other points agreed in the pact with the PSC. Another point foresees "assigning the Palau de Victòria Eugènia to exhibition and cultural uses within the framework of the Fira Montjuïc remodeling project" (without explicitly mentioning a priority use for the MNAC).

Although not specified in detail, Xavier Marcé – who will also be vice president of Icub – assumes the promotion of strategic sectors, such as fashion or design, with the aim of promoting platforms for creators, and the promotion of festivals or other events that may promote cultural tourism.

In the agreement, however, nothing is said of outstanding issues such as the provincial library, the esplanade of the Montjuïc museums, the creation of the Plaza de las Arts, the extension of the Macba or the Casa de les Lletres.

Also created for the first time a council of Democratic Memory for Jordi Rabassa (BComú), which will depend on Subirats. Until now there had only existed the commissioners of memory programs that the historians Xavier Domènech and Ricard Vinyes occupied in the last mandate.

The keys of the pact

Joan Subirats (BComú) is the new deputy mayor of Culture and president of ICUB. Xavier Marcé (PSC) is the councilor for Tourism and Creative Industries, dependent on Jaume Collboni.

The pact bet to give greater centrality to cultural policy with an increase in budget and at the same time promote decentralization by growing the program Barcelona Cultural District

A great educational pact will be promoted for culture, expanding the Artistes en Residència program and creating a map of school visits to cultural activities.

The tourism model will be based on sustainability, quality and culture. The fashion and design sectors will be promoted as well as festivals and museums

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